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Bureau of Labor Statistics updates its seasonal adjustment procedure for 2016 with release of January data

February 5, 2016, Jonathan Wright

This year’s monthly job gains and losses can indicate how the economy is doing once they are corrected to account for the seasonal patterns, using a process called seasonal adjustment. Each month in this blog, I apply an alternative filter that incorporates a longer window than the BLS. I argue for this alternative seasonal adjustment procedure in my paper “Unseasonal Seasonals?

  • Interview | AirTalk with Larry Mantle, Southern California Public Radio

    May 13, 2015, Mireya Solís

  • In the News

    There are a number of things that all need to fall into place in a really tight timeline [in order for the Trans-Pacific Partnership to get done].

    April 28, 2015, Mireya Solís, Foreign Policy
  • In the News

    The fact that [President Obama and Prime Minister Abe] couldn’t bring [the Trans-Pacific Partnership] together for the prime minister’s visit, I think it’s a missed opportunity.

    April 28, 2015, Mireya Solís, Politico
  • In the News

    I think [President Obama and Prime Minister Abe] tried to show they feel optimistic to reassert the commitment to get [the Trans-Pacific Partnership] done. But it’s a little concerning that they didn’t announce they moved past their differences.

    April 28, 2015, Mireya Solís, Foreign Policy
  • In the News

    Historically we know that trade negotiations and campaigns do not mix well. We know that it is a very divisive issue for Democrats.

    April 25, 2015, Mireya Solís, The Sydney Morning Herald
  • In the News

    Failure to sign the [Trans-Pacific Partnership] would demonstrate that the United States and Japan cannot move past friction to work in areas such as internationalization of financial services, protection of intellectual property and governance of the Internet economy that are central to the 21st century economy.

    March 16, 2015, Mireya Solís, Japan Times Online
  • In the News

    [Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Washington] — the dates for which have yet to be announced — would be the perfect occasion for President Barack Obama and Abe to shake hands on a freshly concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership deal between the United States, Japan and 10 other countries in the Asia-Pacific. I think what [the Japanese] would like is they could come celebrate. But it’s not clear that would be the case. The longer it takes for TPA [trade promotion authority] to be in place, I think the fewer the chances that there could be enough progress for them to be celebrating by late April.

    March 3, 2015, Mireya Solís, Politico
  • In the News

    The temperature is rising, and I think, at least now, we have President Obama making very direct comments to support the trade agenda in a way that I hadn’t seen in a long while.

    January 2, 2015, Mireya Solís, Politico
  • Interview | Bloomberg Radio

    December 16, 2014, Mireya Solís

  • In the News

    This [general election in Japan] is not going in any way to change the dynamics of governance in the Diet itself.

    November 25, 2014, Mireya Solís, Kyodo News

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